‘I’ve realised my dreams’: the refugee entrepreneurs who are thriving in the UK

” Since establishing Haven Coffee in 2018, Ive served hundreds of cups of coffee and developed a following for the stand-up comedy nights I likewise host, alongside names like Tom Parry and Nish Kumar. I am likewise a comic myself, and I think Im well understood in the TERN neighborhood for my sense of humour!.

” Im a Nigerian, London-based imaginative, specialising in picture and style photography. My family left south-east Asia for the UK and Ive been living in south London ever given that when I was 8 years old. My interest in photography comes from my dads fixation with documenting all of my substantial youth occasions..

” When Im not at my sewing machine, I like to check out the Game of Thrones books and Im influenced by Audrey Hepburns stating: Elegance is the only beauty that never ever fades.”

Aisha Seriki, founder of Occupied by the Lense.


A study of 30 years of data from Western Europe discovered that refugees normally benefit their host nations economies within 5 years of arrival– findings that refute the popular mistaken belief that refugees present a financial concern.

” Im also a passionate advocate for organisations like Music Action International and Counterpoints Arts, and I care about accentuating the flaws in the UK detention system.”

Usman Khalid, founder of Haven Coffee.


Maria Igwebuike, founder of Maria Callisto.

The truths:.

” Im originally from Nigeria, but have actually resided in the UK for over 10 years. Ive constantly been obsessed with fashion and when I was a kid, I enjoyed to stitch clothing for my dolls. I went on to study lingerie pattern-making at the London College of Fashion and launched my own ethically sourced, sustainable, and body positive underwear label in 2019..

To discover more,  visit anqacollective.org, a marketplace for refugee-led businesses, run by TERN. Photography: Anna Brooks.

In the UK, The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network– a social enterprise launched by the Centre for Entrepreneurs– helps refugees set up organizations. Here, we meet 3 creators who have thrived with the assistance of the network

” I desire to utilize my platform to empower ladies, by developing bespoke products for all shapes and sizes together with my seasonal collections. Sustainability is also important to me, and I recycle material scraps from regional seamstresses and clients old bridal gown to make my pieces. I likewise contribute a portion of Maria Callistos earnings to Suffolk Refugee Support, so it can continue to support refugee children and women, as they formerly supported me..

Refugee-founded organizations have enormous capacity to stimulate economies, produce jobs and decrease public spending, research has actually found..

” My love for photography grew while I was working towards my photography A-level exam, and I finished from SOAS [SOAS University of London] with a bachelors degree in international liberal arts previously this year. My main influences are other creatives, including professional photographers Adrienne Raquel, Solmaz Saberi, and Nadine Ijewere. I focus a great deal of my work on common, global social problems.. Some of my most current work consists of the picture series Heaven Is Not Closed, motivated by the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. While the paintings there were impressive and undeniably beautiful, the clear lack of black individuals in the paintings was tough to neglect.

” I fell in love with London and its coffee shop culture when I initially got here in the UK in 2007. I d describe myself as a coffee-lover through and through– my day does not start till Ive had my first cup.

Research study has actually shown that refugees are a boon for their host nations economies. We satisfy 3 who have actually flourished with the assistance of a social business



The number of refugee-led services that TERN prepares to help launch by 2025.


Regardless of the pandemic, 51 per cent of the 112 refugees who finished a 12-month pilot programme with the Centre for Entrepreneurs in 2020/21 went on to register their company or start trading.


An additional 40 per cent were preparing to launch a company within 12 months.


TERN research study suggests that up to 80 percent of refugee companies focus on making the world a much better location.

” I fell in love with London and its cafe culture when I initially arrived in the UK in 2007.” Im initially from Nigeria, however have actually lived in the UK for over 10 years. Sustainability is likewise crucial to me, and I recycle material scraps from local seamstresses and clients old wedding event gowns to make my pieces.” Im a Nigerian, London-based imaginative, specialising in portrait and style photography. When I was 8 years old, my family left south-east Asia for the UK and Ive been living in south London ever because.

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